Their Planes Will Block Out the Sun: Brasil

BrasilLast year, Their Planes Will Block Out The Sun released a six track follow-up to their well-received 2009 debut, “White Dancer.” Though the group have taken an indefinite hiatus since its release, Brasil remains a testament to the evolution of this hardworking band’s instrumentation, writing abilities, and overall sound. Each song on Brasil is a microcosmic showcase of the album’s eclectic collection of tracks, united under the singular theme: “What am I doing here, and what am I supposed to do with my life?”

Despite the existential predicament this album poses, tracks like “Youth and Angels,” driven by vocalist, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist Victor Fernandes’ lyrical content, suggest that the band may have been in the right place all along. The track begins with a jazzy combination of light percussion and Wayne Green’s smooth, popping bass line, reminiscent of an episode of The Pink Panther. Fernandes then drops in with a haunting guitar riff and the opening lyrics, “These are better days / I can finally breathe without you scratching at my neck.” Though lyrically intense, the track brings a sense of calm, which the band has shown a knack for in their short time together. Much of their sound has evolved to include the juxtaposition of lyrical content against an opposing musical composition. Brooding, introspective songs with upbeat lyrics, or vice versa.

With Brasil, the band have transcended to a new level of professionalism in their soundscapes. With a song like the intensely moody and personal “Their Planes,” it’s easy to see that this latest release was indeed a labor of love for the band. Fernandes fades in with a heavenly hammer-on sequence, caked in reverb, followed by Green joining in with a few bass chords. Fernandes croons, “Their planes will block out the sun / Everything will be alright, Wayne Green / Your dreams will come true / All of this will go down with you.” In the context of Green’s addition to the band after the release of White Dancer, which was described as a “shot of life” for the group, as well as the band’s eventual hiatus, these self referential lyrics bear incredible weight.